Hey Arevenca, don’t be shy

Arevenca, the scam company I described in the last post, replaced its home page sometime in the last day with a static image, basically a screen grab of the home page with no active links. Could it be they took notice of the post? Still no word from them, though, even though I left my skype and landline info on their answering machines. Plus anyone is always free to write me at settysoutham at gmail.com. Arevenca folks, seriously, if you have a response, write me.

Please note: this is why we take screen grabs of scam companies’ websites BEFORE publishing articles about them. :)

UPDATE: Looks like the main home page does work ok, and it’s just the page linked above that is screwy. Anyway, still waiting for a response.

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15 thoughts on “Hey Arevenca, don’t be shy

    1. dan

      Be careful with Arevenca refaniry they are no refinery,they say they have products but that is not true Be careful with Octavio Rafael alicandro Briceño he is the comercelicacion chief of Arevenca refaniry ,it is a big scam believe me!

  1. westslope

    Fascinating story. On the heels of the Sino-Forest implosion and similar stories, I’m surprised that you cannot sell this story to mainstream North American media.

    Incidentally, is Avic Xac Group for real? Or were those impostors at the Madrid press conference?

  2. virtok

    Who is behind Arevenca? Is this company a channel for the billions of dollars unaccounted for from the Venezuelan finances? Are they for real? Is the “largest deal ever made in the oil business” for real? Who is Francisco Javier Gonzalez and where did he come from? Is he a figurehead of RR and his croonies? Do they realy own refineries around the world? is the $7billion refinery project in Ivory coast for real?
    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a1WxxMs47Xag

    1. sapitosetty Post author

      Did I not make that all clear in my other post? In order:

      – Who is behind Arevenca?
      I haven’t seen any info about anyone behind them, but if anyone has further info, please provide it. I think they are just a few guys with a dream.

      – Is this company a channel for the billions of dollars unaccounted for from the Venezuelan finances?
      Very unlikely. PDVSA says in its recent court filing (linked from the other post) that PDVSA has never had any relationship with Arevenca. There is no evidence that Arevenca has ever received Venezuela government money. The holes in the government’s wallet are much more obvious (overcharges on procurement, currency scams, etc.). And there is no evidence that Arevenca has much money.

      – Are they for real?
      I am sticking my head out here to say no. And I keep waiting for Arevenca to respond with any evidence that I’m wrong. Not usually the journalistic best practice, but in this rare case I’m willing to go with the plentiful evidence that the whole scheme is fake.

      – Is the “largest deal ever made in the oil business” for real?
      No! Was this not clear?

      – Who is Francisco Javier Gonzalez and where did he come from?
      That’s a good question. We have his photo, and his court records, but he just seems like some Venezuelan guy.

      – Is he a figurehead of RR and his croonies?
      I’ve never seen anything to indicate that the Arevenca guys have any contacts within PDVSA.

      – Do they realy own refineries around the world?
      No. Wasn’t I clear about that?

      – Is the $7billion refinery project in Ivory coast for real?
      http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a1WxxMs47Xag
      No. Bloomberg ran that story as a summary of a news story that ran in Fraternite, a newspaper in Ivory Coast. Bloomberg did no fact-checking before running that story.

      1. virtok

        Thanks for taking the time to answer all my questions. I am still puzzled by the scam theory. You don’t run a scam and give everyone you phone number and address. These people are all over the internet. Francisco Javier Gonzalez is showing his face everywhere and is supposedly signing agreements all over the world. The same guy from AVIC that signed the deal of the century with Arevenca supposedly signed agreements in Brazil recently. On the other hand, Arevenca’s web page is a joke and appears to be a fake company from miles away, to the point that FT and Co. find it laughable. As far as I know EFE has not run a report correcting the information or denouncing an infringment of their brand.

        1. sapitosetty Post author

          “You don’t run a scam and give everyone you phone number and address.”

          You’re right – I don’t do either of those! :)

          But seriously: what’s your theory? You seem to be restricting your imagination about the variety of scams. There are some that need an appearance of propriety. I’ll have more on this one of these days…

        2. virtok

          I have no theory! I told you I am puzzled. This is my point: the whole thing is so absurd that I find hard to believe it is a scam. It looks more like a prank, but a very elaborate one…I don’t know. I guess we will eventually know.

  3. cpc

    This post in another internet blog, from 2009, is interesting:
    Knight
    20/11/2009 at 23:25
    Now watch a new player on the scene: Francisco Javier Gonzalez Alvarez. Just bought the Curazao refinery through his front company Arevenca. Claims to own 4 refineries and 25 tankers, but owned none of the above before Curazao’s. I think he’s ficha de Ramirez, reputedly they were neighbors …

    1. sapitosetty Post author

      Thanks for digging that up. I remember that post. It was inaccurate. At the time, I tried to track down any evidence that Gonzalez & Ramirez were neighbors or had any connection. I found none. The address I have for Gonzalez is nowhere near Ramirez’s place. I don’t think they are even in the same municipio – El Hatillo vs. Baruta. I think the writer of that blog post was suckered just like so many others by Arevenca’s presentations. Trust me, nobody bought the Isla refinery.

  4. moje

    hi guys, we are cutting a deal with the AREVENCA refinery. just tell us what do you abiut it. is it scam group
    best regards to all

  5. LINARES

    arevenca.net pronto estara lista para que todo el mundo sepa de las empresas esatafadoras y asi personas sanas y serias no sean victimas de estos inescrupulosos

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